Category: Spiritual Realm & Warfare

What is Sleep Paralysis? Is It A Result of Demonic Attack?

Sleep paralysis can be defined as the temporary inability to move or speak whilst one is either waking up or falling asleep. For many people who have experienced sleep paralysis it can be a frightening and nightmarish experience as the body suddenly feels numb or paralyzed whilst feeling as if a dark or invisible presence has entered your room.
During a state of sleep paralysis, a person may feel the presence of something or someone pressing on top of his/her body. Others have reported hearing noises, humming sounds or even voices whilst in a state of paralysis. Others have felt strange tingling sensations or vibrations on parts of their body whilst some have felt difficulty breathing and out-of-body experiences.

However, is sleep paralysis a psychological condition or is it a result of demonic attack? Are the signs and symptoms of sleep paralysis a result of hallucinations during sleep or is it the work of demons?

 

The Natural / Scientific Explanation of Sleep Paralysis
Sleep paralysis happens when parts of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep occur while you’re awake.
REM is a stage of sleep when the brain is very active and dreams often occur. The body is unable to move, apart from the eyes and muscles used in breathing, possibly to stop you acting out your dreams and hurting yourself.
Therefore when a person suddenly becomes aware during REM sleep that he/she is paralyzed, this may result in a variety of sleep paralysis symptoms as the person attempts to escape the paralysis.
This temporary failure to escape the sleep paralysis can lead to panic, fear and sometimes sleep hallucinations as one attempts to physically wake up and move his/her body.
Therefore it is during the REM stage of sleep when the brain is extremely active and where sleep paralysis may occur in order to prevent one from physically acting out his/her dreams whilst sleeping.
Sleep paralysis has also been linked to stress, sleep deprivation and irregular sleeping patterns. Therefore reducing one’s stress levels and getting enough sleep is important in reducing sleep paralysis. It is also recommended that you do not sleep on your back as you are most likely to experience paralysis whilst lying on your back.

 

Spiritual Explanation of Sleep Paralysis
The Bible says that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:12-13)
There are different cultures that identify sleep paralysis as having a spiritual or demonic cause.
For example, In Cambodian it’s called “khmaoch sângkât” or “the ghost that pushes you down.”
In Thailand, a ghost called “phi am” haunts people when they are half asleep and unable to move.
And in some traditional Chinese cultures it’s called “meng yan” or “ghost oppression”

The devil is able to spiritually attack people whilst they sleep just as much as when they are awake.
However, Ephesians 6:10-11 says “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”

 

If you experience sleep paralysis and you believe the experience to be caused by demons, you can try some of the following things:

1) It is important pray and trust in the Lord to protect you whilst you are sleeping. Therefore meditate on God’s word and pray for God’s protection before you go to bed. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 says “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”

2) Call on the name of Jesus Christ during your sleep paralysis. Remember that every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord (Philippians 2:10-11).
Jesus Christ has the name above all names and demons are known to tremble at the name of Jesus Christ. In fact, in the scriptures, demons are cast out at the name of Jesus.

3) Do not go to bed with anger or unforgiveness in your heart as the devil can take advantage of your mental stress whilst you sleep. Ephesians 4:26-27 says “Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.”

4) Do not go to bed with any anxieties in your heart. Instead seek God’s peace by giving all your anxieties and worries to God before you go to sleep. Philippians 4:6-7 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

5) Put on the whole armor of God in your life. Ephesians 6:13-18 says: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.”

 

Therefore whilst it is possible that sleep paralysis can be the result of natural or biological causes, it is also possible that the devil may spiritually attack or oppress people under the guise of sleep paralysis.
So where sleep paralysis is believed to be linked specifically to a demonic attack, it is necessary to rely totally on God during any spiritual attack of any kind. God is the One who fights our battles.

 

Sources
https://www.livescience.com/56422-sleep-paralysis-different-cultures.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/sleep-paralysis/

 

Can Satan Read Our Minds & Thoughts?

There is no evidence in the scriptures that suggests that satan can read our minds or our thoughts.
Whilst the devil is indeed a powerful angel, this does not mean that satan has the same attributes as God.
Therefore unlike God, satan is not omniscient. The devil is not all-knowing and neither is he infinitely wise. Satan is a created being and therefore he has limitations.
So the devil has limited knowledge; he has limited wisdom and he has limited understanding.

However even though satan cannot read our minds, the devil can still influence our thinking and our decisions. For example satan can influence our minds and thoughts through suggestions or temptations. Therefore the devil is able to plant seeds of doubt, fear, jealousy, lust and all sorts of suggestions and temptations in our minds in order to influence our thoughts and decisions.

The reason why Adam & Eve disobeyed God in the Garden of Eden is because they were tempted and they obeyed satan’s suggestions (Genesis 3:1-24).
There is no human being who lives on the earth who cannot be tested or tempted by satan.
Even Jesus Christ was tempted by satan as the devil attempted to plant evil suggestions, ideas and temptations in the mind of Christ in order to persuade Christ into disobeying God.
However, Christ was able to defeat every tempting suggestion from satan by using the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11).

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says: For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

Our minds are one of the main battlegrounds where spiritual warfare takes place. We should avoid allowing the devil and his army of fallen angels from influencing our thinking and decisions.
Instead we should “take every thought captive to obey Christ” or the word of God.
The devil has been around long enough to study the weaknesses of mankind. The devil cannot read our minds but he can read our countenance; he can study our lifestyle and our behavior so that he can make an educated prediction pertaining to which temptation or problem is most likely to make us fall or disobey God.

Job 1:6-12 is evidence that satan goes “to and fro on the earth” and that he is able to study and observe mankind in order to discover our weaknesses so that he may inflict harm. The devil had clearly been observing the life of Job and appeared to have studied many aspects of Job’s life.
Therefore satan can make educated predictions or guesses based on his studies and observations of an individual or mankind as a whole. However he cannot read our minds or read the precise thoughts or intents of our hearts because satan is a creation with limited abilities.

 

Only God Can Read Our Minds & Thoughts
God alone is omniscient. God alone is infinitely wise and all-knowing. God does not make predictions or educated guesses. Nothing surprises God because He knows everything – past, present and future.
God does not need to study or observe mankind in order for Him to know us. Instead, God already knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5).
Matthew 9:4 reflects that Jesus knows our thoughts and the intents of our heart.
Psalms 139:4 says that God already knows what we will say even before we speak the words.
Therefore God alone can accurately and precisely read our minds and thoughts.

 

5 Signs You Are Under Spiritual Attack

Concerning spiritual attacks, first it is important to understand that the devil cannot be blamed for every problem or bad decision that we make in our own lives.
As mankind we have our own freewill to choose between right and wrong and good and evil.
In Romans 7:15 Paul wrote: “I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.”
Therefore our own flesh or sinful nature play a huge part in working against us or against our desire to please God.

The Christian has 3 enemies: the devil, the world and his/her own sin nature. All these 3 things fight against us to prevent us from pleasing God.

The Bible says that the devil came to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). It also says that the devil prowls like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8).
We must therefore understand that the enemy will always seek to spiritually attack God’s people because the devil is a hater of everything that God loves and everything that God has created.
The devil will therefore use different methods and techniques in order to attempt to destroy our relationship with God and with others.
Ephesians 6:12 says that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of darkness.
It’s therefore important for Christians to understand how the devil spiritually attacks believers.
We must also remember that when the devil attacks us, it can either be subtle or it can be sudden and so we must always be alert, vigilant and sober minded.

 

Here Are 5 Probable Signs That You’re Under Spiritual Attack

1. No Desire To Pray or Read The Bible
The last thing the devil wants is a praying Christian or a believer who studies the word of God. It is through prayer and personal study of God’s word that we draw close to God and we understand the nature of God. Prayer draws us close to God and reflects that we desire to communicate and intimately know our Creator.
It’s therefore imperative as Christians that we exercise self-discipline and that we prevent ourselves from allowing the distractions of life from hindering us from spending time with God through prayer and meditation of His word (Psalms 1:1-3).
When we are Biblically illiterate we open ourselves to all sorts of issues such as false teachings, anxieties and different kinds of sinful behavior. We therefore become ill-equipped to deal with specific issues or challenges in life.
We must therefore study God’s word to present ourselves approved (2 Timothy 2:15) and so that we may be equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

 

2. Persecution for the Gospel of Christ
The devil hates the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ above all things. It is therefore no surprise that when Christians stand for the Biblical principles of God and when they preach the gospel of Christ, believers will encounter many kinds of persecution.
2 Timothy 3:12 says “In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,”
Throughout the world, Biblical Christians are either humiliated, excluded, provoked, physically harmed or killed because they boldly stand for the truth of God’s word and for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
These sort of persecutions are ultimately sourced from the devil who will do anything to prevent people from becoming genuinely saved because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Therefore persecution will come from non-Christians; from the world and also from false religious teachers who spread false teachings.
In Luke 6:22-23 Jesus said the following: “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.”
The disciples of Christ faced the same persecution from both unbelievers and from the false religious teachers such as the Pharisees who attempted to prevent the spread of the authentic gospel of Jesus Christ (Acts 5:17-42).

 

3. Suicidal Thoughts
Whenever you have thoughts of physically harming yourself or if you have growing thoughts of desiring to end your own life – this can be a sign of spiritual attack.
It is never the will of God that we should seek to commit suicide or to physically harm our own body. The life that God has given us is a gift which is to be lived for His purpose and glory.
Indeed life can be full of pain, struggles and tragedies. Sometimes our struggles in life may cause the devil to tempt us into thinking that suicide is an option.
1 Peter 5:7 says: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
Philippians 4:6-8 encourages us not to worry about anything, but to pray to God about everything so that we may have the peace of God. We must also furthermore train our thoughts to focus on the things that are good and not on things that may cause us to sin against God.
Philippians 4:8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

4. Desire to Return to Sinful Habits & Lifestyles
The devil may desire for the Christian believer to backslide or return to old sinful habits and lifestyles. So where there are strong urges and temptations for you to return to your old life before you were saved – this may be a sign of spiritual attack.
Colossians 3:5-10 says: Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator
In James 4:7-8 we are urged to resist the devil and he will flee from us. One of the ways we resist the devil is by drawing nearer to God.

 

5. Overwhelming Feelings of Condemnation, Depression & Anxiety
Sometimes the devil may use our feelings against us. This is why the Bible frequently urges Christians to live by faith and not by sight (or our perception of our circumstances).
We therefore should live according to what the Bible says and not according to our feelings. We are to live according to every word that proceeds from the mouth of God and not according to the desires of the flesh.
Feelings come and go – but the word of God never changes and it remains forever.
Therefore the devil may accuse us; he may condemn us; he may make us feel inadequate; he may remind us of past sins and lead us into a state of depression because of our current circumstances or problems.
However, we must learn to trust God and not to lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6).
We must always have an attitude of thanksgiving and gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18) and we must learn to talk to God about every issue that is going on in our life (Philippians 4:6-7).
Romans 8:1 says: There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
The devil is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10) – but however, in Christ we are no longer condemned and Christ is able to give us peace and joy even in the midst of a chaotic world.

 

5 Ways to Resist the Devil

Ephesians 6:12 says: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

It is clear from this passage that Christians all over the world are engaged in spiritual warfare. There are unseen demonic forces that wage war against God and the kingdom of God. As long as we live in this earth, the devil will always target Christians by inflicting all kinds of oppression and temptations against the Christian.
However, just like any warfare, it is important for every believer to know how to overcome the enemy and what strategies the Christian believer can use in order to live victoriously.

2 Corinthians 10:4 says: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.

 

 

DISCOVER 5 WAYS IN WHICH WE CAN RESIST THE DEVIL

 

1. Resist the Devil by Submitting to God
James 4:7 says: Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Submission means that we accept or yield to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that God is superior and that He has authority over us.
God not only has authority over us – but He also has authority over the devil himself. Therefore our submission to God is an acknowledgment that ultimately the devil does not fight the Christian believer alone, but the devil also fights the almighty God.

 

2. Resist the Devil by Using God’s Word
Whenever Jesus was tempted by the devil, you will notice that Christ resisted the devil by using the scriptures to overcome satan’s temptations (Matthew 4:1-11).
Jesus Christ was rooted in the word of God. He lived by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. Christ was obedient to the scriptures.
It’s therefore important for every Christian believer to use God’s word to overcome demonic or satanic philosophies that we may face in life. The word of God stands far above every other idea, suggestion or teaching. The Bible is also a spiritual offensive weapon against the enemy as it is used to both protect and attack in times of spiritual warfare. It is likened to a sword.
Hebrews 4:12 says: For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 

3. Resist the Devil by Wearing the Armor of God
Ephesians 6:11 says: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
The armor of God consists of the Christian believer exercising godly virtues and characteristics that enable the believer to overcome the schemes of the devil. According to Ephesians 6:13-17, these virtues or characteristics include living according to the truth of God’s word; They include living in the righteousness of Christ; We must also share the gospel of Christ; We must live by faith and not by sight in every circumstance; We must be reminded that our salvation is in Christ alone and we must always use the word of God as the guide in our daily life.

 

4. Resist the Devil by Prayer & Thanksgiving
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 says: Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
As Christians it is important that we pray constantly and that we do not fall into the trap of ungratefulness. Instead we must learn to be thankful in all circumstances.
When we do not pray, we will end up distancing ourselves from God. When we are ungrateful we will have a complaining attitude.
Therefore the devil desires to tempt believers to complain and be ungrateful towards God. The devil also tempts many Christians to avoid spending quality time with God.
Submitting to such temptations make the Christian weaker in or inhibit a Christian from maturing spiritually. It is therefore important to have a lifestyle of prayer and thanksgiving in all circumstances.
Philippians 4:6-7 says: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

5. Resist the Devil by Having the Correct Thought Life
2 Corinthians 10:5 says: We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
We therefore resist the devil by taking captive every thought and making it obedient to the word of God. Our thinking patterns must glorify God. Our thoughts must always be formed and accepted in light of God’s word. Therefore we must not allow the devil to manage our thought life.
Philippians 4:8 says: Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

 

Conclusion
The devil cannot be resisted by our own strength or our own tactics and techniques. The word of God must be our ultimate guide.
Resisting the devil or any kind of demonic warfare requires that we also yield to Jesus Christ and realize that the battle ultimately belongs to the Lord.
Jesus Christ is above all things and He has the name that is above all names. Therefore we cannot overcome temptation or the devil without having Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives. When the devil is resisted, it’s because Christ alone gives us the strength and He enables us to resist him.

 

Do Aliens Exist? Are We Alone in the Universe?

Do aliens really exist? Is it possible that extraterrestrial life exists somewhere in the universe?
Evolutionists are more likely to believe in the existence of extraterrestrial life due to the evolution theory that all life evolves.
Therefore, the reasoning of any evolutionist would be that if life evolved on the earth, then it’s probable that life may have evolved in other places or planets in the universe.
Even atheist scientists like the late Stephen Hawking believed in the existence of aliens. He apparently warned about the dangers of mankind encountering alien civilizations. Hawking suggested that if an advanced alien civilization were to come to Earth, then “such advanced aliens would perhaps become nomads, looking to conquer and colonize whatever planets they could reach”.

According to an article on the belief of alien life, it is reported that a survey done in 24 countries reveals that at least 50-61 percent of humans believe that some form of life exists outside of Earth, or that intelligent alien civilizations exist somewhere in the universe.

However, is there actual evidence that aliens exist? Can scientists conclusively prove that we are not alone in the universe?
Organizations such as NASA have spent billions of dollars researching the universe, yet to this day there is no evidence that extraterrestrial life exists. Despite the use of the most advanced technology being used to observe the universe, scientists can only speculate, but they cannot prove if aliens exist or not.


What Does the Bible Say About Aliens?

However, what does the Bible say about aliens? The truth is, the Bible gives us no reason to believe in extraterrestrial life. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1:1).
In Genesis, chapters 1 & 2, the Bible clearly tells us that at the beginning of time, God created the universe including the Earth.
According to the scriptures, life was created on the Earth but there is no evidence in the Bible that life was also created in other planets or parts of the universe.
There is also no evidence from the scriptures that there is another planet that is perfectly suitable to sustain life. Yes, there may be planets that have been discovered by astronomers as being “Earth-like” – however, do these particular “Earth-like” planets have life actually existing on them?
So far, it can be concluded that there is no Earth-like planet discovered in the universe that has any habitation of life, besides our own planet.
If God wanted us to know that extraterrestrial life existed somewhere in the universe, then He would have mentioned it in the scriptures. The Bible mentions intelligent spiritual beings such as angels and demons. It also mentions that there is a spiritual realm – however, it does not mention the existence of physical aliens existing in the universe.

What About Sightings of Aliens or UFOs?
How do we explain supposed alien sightings by people? Since the Bible does not mention the existence of aliens, there is a Biblical explanation for the sightings of supposed aliens. Genesis 6:4 gives an account of fallen angels or “sons of God” who came to earth to have sexual intercourse with human women in order to give birth to the Nephilim, which was a hybrid race. The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and they had a mixture of both human and demonic DNA.
Therefore the alleged physical sighting of aliens may actually be demonic beings disguised as extraterrestrials.
It is believed that alien deception will play a major part in relation to human deception in the end times.
In Matthew 24:37, Jesus says: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”
This can be interpreted as meaning that just as fallen angels and the Nephilim made themselves visible during the days of Noah in Genesis 6, then it is possible that fallen angels and the Nephilim will attempt to physically re-emerge in the last days before the return of Jesus Christ.
However, if demons manifest as aliens, it’s important to remember that these demons are part of God’s creation and they mostly exist in the spiritual realm which God also created.
It is also important to realize that God is the Creator of all things – both the seen and the unseen (Hebrews 11:3).
All of creation in the entire universe exists because of God, and all creation ultimately submits to the Lordship and authority of God (John 1:3; Revelation 4:11).

Of all the things that God created, mankind is the only creation that was created in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:26-27).
Our role as mankind is to submit to God as our Creator and to totally trust in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour because without Christ in our lives, we cannot experience forgiveness for our sins and neither can we enter into an eternal relationship with God.

 

Are Demons Real? How Do They Operate?

What are demons and are they real? The least group of people who are likely to have a disbelief in demons are most probably atheists and agnostics. So this group of people is in the minority.
However, if you ask a Satanist or a Christian if demons exist – both will obviously agree that they do.
In fact, most people from different cultures, religions and sects believe in the existence of demons.
People involved in the occult; in witchcraft; in secret societies and even in the entertainment industry believe in demons and understand that there is a spiritual realm that exists.

Demons are fallen angels who together with Satan, rebelled against God and attempted to unseat God from His throne.
Demons are spirit beings that exercise freewill. They have an intellect just like humans. According to Isaiah 14:12-25 and Revelations 12:4, Satan took with him at least one-third of the angels during their failed rebellion against God in Heaven.

Demons wage war against humanity in 8 ways:
1. By creating false doctrines, wicked cultures and false philosophies
2. By creating false teachers, false religions and demonic groups & sects
3. By creating spiritual warfare methods such as witchcraft, occultism, wicca
4. By fighting God’s angels
5. By demon possession
6. By disguising as an angel of light
7. By causing physical illness
8. By causing hypnosis and mind control of individuals or groups

1 Timothy 4:1 says: Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons,
The Bible says that there are people who will abandon the truth and willfully follow and obey the doctrines of demons.
Therefore, demons are able to introduce enticing doctrines that can lead people astray and put them into spiritual bondage. Demons fight against God by influencing individuals, groups, cities and even nations with the intention of leading the human race to hell so that people can be eternally separated from God.

Ephesians 6:12 says that our fight as humans is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

The Bible therefore warns that there are spiritual entities and forces that work against humans and they work together with a common goal to control and lead people astray from God.

Demons are led by Satan and they not only fight humans – but they also battle against God’s angels as reflected in Daniel 10:13.

In the Bible demons would usually manifest by totally possessing and controlling the physical body of an individual. Demon possession is when a person’s body is under the complete control of a demon.
Demon possession mostly occurs with people who are not genuine born again Christians. A child of God cannot be possessed by a demon because he/she is a new creation in Christ and the Holy Spirit dwells inside of the Christian.
1 John 4:4 says: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Demons also manifest in false teachers because of their false doctrines. 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 speaks of false teachers who are agents of Satan and they “disguise themselves as servants of righteousness” just as the devil “disguises himself as an angel of light”.
1 John 4:1 also says that we should not believe every spirit because of the rise and influence of false prophets.
This reflects that demonic spirits are linked to the teachings and activities of many false teachers.

Even Jesus had to deal with demons during His ministry on earth. On many occasions Christ would cast out all types of demons (Matthew 8:28-33; Luke 4:41; Luke 11:14).
Matthew 8:16 says: When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick,

Jesus Christ demonstrated as the Son of God that He had power over demons and also that Satan did not have any kind of authority over Christ.
In Luke 10:19-20, Jesus said: Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Therefore, through Christ, the Christian has authority over the power of the enemy. It is only through Christ that the enemy can be defeated in our lives. Jesus Christ gives us the victory over the demonic forces.
Colossians 2:14-15 says: Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The devil was defeated by Jesus Christ on the Cross. Christ shed His blood in payment for the sins of the world. Therefore anyone who repents and believes in Christ as Lord and Saviour will live in the authority and protection of Christ. This is why demons cannot possess a Christian.
The only way to avoid the deceptive influences of the demonic is to have a genuine relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

Should People Practice Witchcraft?

The ever changing culture and the media manipulation has changed people’s perception of witchcraft. With the influence of books and movies such as Harry Potter and many other fictional characters, the perception of witchcraft has changed and the practice of witchcraft has increased. Witchcraft and Wicca has been “normalized” and is becoming a trending lifestyle especially with the young.
Witchcraft has always been widespread in Africa. In fact, witchcraft has always been infused in many African cultural beliefs.
However even in America and Europe, Wicca is becoming one of the fastest growing religious movements.
People both young and old and from different backgrounds have been gradually embracing the practice of witchcraft whether secretly or openly.

Witchcraft involves spiritual rituals and the attempt to manipulate people, circumstances or events through incantations and the casting of spells. Witchcraft can also involve various spiritual rituals and practices such as communication with demonic spirits or the attempt to communicate with the dead.
At its core, witchcraft is essentially about spiritually controlling and manipulating things that cannot be ordinarily controlled by natural means. This spiritual control and manipulation requires the assistance of demonic spirits and their assistance will always come at a price.

Therefore, should people practice witchcraft? Why do people engage in witchcraft irrespective of their religious backgrounds? What are the dangers of practicing Wicca or witchcraft?

Deuteronomy 18:10-12 says: There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord…

All forms of witchcraft is viewed by God as being a sin and it is forbidden by God.
Why is witchcraft a sin and why does God forbid it? One of the main reasons is that witchcraft involves sourcing spiritual power and spiritual knowledge from God’s enemy – the devil.
The reason why God forbids sorcery, conjuring of spells, witchcraft and the like is because these practices are demonic and involve demonic spirits.
People who practice witchcraft eventually open themselves to demonic possession and serious spiritual harm and bondage.
Witchcraft may at first give the impression of power, invincibility and the presumption that anything is possible – however witchcraft is a demonic deception that eventually leads to bondage and destruction for those who practice it.

Another reason why God forbids witchcraft is because it is an attempt to live life independent of God. Instead of being dependent on God for all that we need, there are some people who think that God does not have their best interest. So they attempt to take matters into their own hands by getting involved in Wicca or witchcraft.
Isaiah 8:19 says: And when they say to you, “Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,” should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?

Consulting witchdoctors or spirit mediums reflects a lack of trust in God. When people practice witchcraft, they reflect that they trust in the power of demonic spirits and demonic knowledge rather than in the power of God and the word of God.
1 Timothy 4:1 says that some people will devote themselves to the doctrines of demons. The knowledge, the spells, the incantations involved in witchcraft all fall under the doctrines of demons because such knowledge is sourced from demonic spirits.

 

The Practice of Witchcraft Leads to Hell
Revelations 21:8 says: But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

In Galatians 5:19-21, witchcraft or sorcery is listed as a work of the flesh and the unrepentant practicing of such will lead to hell. It says: Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

It’s important to understand the seriousness of witchcraft and that practicing it reflects allegiance to the forces of Satan rather than to God.

Witchcraft however is a forgivable sin. One can repent from witchcraft and be forgiven by God. The Bible says that if we confess our sins, God is just and faithful to forgive us (1 John 1:9).
In fact, all kinds of sins can be forgiven by God because of the price that Jesus Christ paid on the cross for our sins.
So for anyone who has practiced witchcraft, that person has the opportunity to be forgiven and to become a born again Christian through believing and trusting in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 1:12)

5 Limitations of Satan

The Bible is clear that the enemy of mankind is Satan and his army of demons. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but we fight against spiritual forces of darkness.
Therefore our enemy is a spiritual entity and that enemy is ultimately Satan. He is not only at enmity with mankind but the devil is ultimately the enemy of God and anything that God loves.

It’s important for every Christian to understand that whenever we fight in a battle, it is necessary to understand who your enemy is and the characteristics of that particular enemy.
Some people live their life as if the devil is equal to God. However, Satan has limitations.

 

Here are 5 Things That You Should Know About Satan’s Limitations

1. Satan cannot force you to sin. The devil cannot make you sin against your own will. The devil can tempt you; he can persuade you; he can seduce you – but ultimately the devil cannot force you.
We are all personally responsible for our actions. We can never say: “The devil made me do it!”
In Genesis 3:1-24 when Adam and Eve were tempted by Satan, the devil did not force them into eating the forbidden fruit. Adam and Eve used their own freewill and chose to obey Satan’s temptations instead of obeying God’s commandment.
In James 1:14-15 it says that “each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it is conceived gives birth to sin…”

2. Satan is a created being. The fact that the devil is a created being – it means that he is not equal to God. The devil is a created being who rebelled against God because according to Isaiah 14:12-15, Satan wanted to become like God.
Therefore instead of the created honoring and submitting to the Creator, the created being wanted to overthrow his own Creator. Since the devil is created, it also means that he is not all-powerful.

3. Satan is not all-knowing. Some have wondered if the devil can read people’s minds. No he cannot read people’s mind. Only God can read our minds and only God can truly know everything that is in our hearts. The Bible says that God knows how many hairs we have on our head (Matthew 10:30) and He knows our thoughts and words before we even speak (Psalms 139:4).
The devil does not know how many hairs we have on our head and nor does he know our thoughts before we speak. Therefore he is not equal to God in relation to knowledge.
The closest the devil can do is to read our countenance, our mood, our behavior, our reactions but he cannot read our thoughts.

4. Satan is not omnipresent. This means that unlike God, the devil cannot be everywhere at the same time. God is not bound by space, matter and time. Therefore God can be in the past, present, future and everywhere else all at the same time.
The devil does not have this ability. The devil is a created being and therefore just like humans, the devil is limited to being at one place at a time.
God said to him, “From where do you come?” (Job 1:7). Satan answered, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

5. Satan is a defeated enemy. The devil was defeated by Jesus Christ on the cross at Calvary. The ultimate fate of the devil according to Revelations 20:10 is that the devil will be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone.
The Christian believer has authority over the devil through Jesus Christ according to Luke 10:19. When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become a new creation and we become more than conquerors in Christ (Romans 8:37).
The devil does not have any ability to break our union with God because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In your personal life – where do you stand in your spiritual life? Do you live as a person who does not know Christ and is easily influenced by the devil?
If you are that type of person – the only way to overcome the devil is through allowing Jesus Christ to become your Lord and Savior. Only Christ can make you a new creation and begin the process of sanctifying you into His image.

 

DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST???

1. ACKNOWLEDGE: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17. For example, if you have told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver. Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
You must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.

2. REPENT: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Luke 13:3), “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19)
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to repent of sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to
follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.

3. CONFESSION: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9)
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.

4. BELIEVE: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
“He came to His own, and His own did not receive him, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name” (John 1:11-12)
By faith, You must receive Jesus as Your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God

 

Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?

We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.

PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.

“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
I repent of all of my sins and I ask You to cleanse me Jesus.
Thank You for forgiving my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me the person You want me to be.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”

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Does the Supernatural Exist?

Does the supernatural exist? Is there evidence of an invisible realm that is immaterial, spiritual and cannot be seen with human eyes?
Do such things as angels, demons, ghosts or gods exist and is it possible to communicate with the supernatural realm?

According to a study by sociologists Ariela Keysar and Juhem Navarro-Rivera, atheists and agnostics make up only 7% of the worldwide population with China having the most atheists in the world.

Therefore one could conclude that at least more than 75% of the world’s population believe either in gods or God and therefore likely believe that there is a supernatural realm that exists. Due to differences in religions, culture or belief systems, many people and groups may differ on how the supernatural realm operates or about the exact nature of the after-life, but the basic fact remains in that the majority of the world’s population believes that there is a realm that exists beyond the physical realm that we currently exist in.

Is there any evidence for the supernatural realm? One of the evidences of the supernatural realm are the testimonies of many generations of people throughout the mankind’s history and even in our current present day.
Their testimonies and experiences of encounters with the supernatural cannot be ignored regardless of culture or religion. History and the testimonies of generations of people who focus on religion or the supernatural is evidence that within mankind there is a desire to seek out that which is beyond what we can simply see or touch.
Testimonies of supernatural healings, demonic encounters, angelic encounters and many different spiritual experiences by generations of people all over the world speak of a reality / realm that exists beyond the physical.

According to the Bible, man is not just a physical being but man also has a soul and a spirit within him/her.
The Bible says that God has “put eternity into man’s heart” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). This means that man longs for something eternal or something beyond the mere material or physical.

The Bible teaches that there are 2 realms – the physical realm and the supernatural/spiritual realm.

The Bible also teaches that God who is Spirit and therefore supernatural, created the physical realm and the entire universe (Genesis 1:31).
Therefore the things that are seen where made by the unseen. Hebrews 11:3 says “… the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”.

We can therefore conclude that the supernatural realm existed before the physical realm. God is also eternal and He has therefore always existed as the uncaused cause of the physical universe.

According to the Scriptures, the supernatural realm consists of both good and bad entities / beings.
The supernatural realm consists of God and His angels who are good. The supernatural realm also consists of the devil and his demons who are evil.
Therefore, even within the supernatural realm there is a battle between good and evil; God versus Satan.
The war that is being waged in the spiritual / supernatural realm has the ability to affect events and circumstances in our physical realm.
Ephesians 6:12 says that the battles that people face in the physical world are not against flesh and blood, but they are against invisible rulers, authorities and spiritual forces of evil.
Therefore the physical realm and the spiritual realm are interlinked with God fully in control of both realms.

Another evidence of the spiritual realm is the existence of the Bible. The Bible claims God as being its Author and it is proved by its accuracy, consistency and the manner in which the entire 66 books of Scripture was written by different men over 2000 years. The authority of the Bible cannot be rivaled by any book in the world because unlike any other book, the Bible is God’s word which has the ability to positively and supernaturally change people’s lives.

Does the supernatural exist? Yes it does.

Who Were The Nephilim?

The Nephilim are first mentioned in Genesis 6:1-4 were the Bible says the following:

Genesis 6:1-4
When man began to multiply on the face of the land and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of man were attractive. And they took as their wives any they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh: his days shall be 120 years.” 4 The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown.

So who or what were the Nephilim? Well the most popular view of what the Nephilim were with the interpretation of Genesis 6:1-4 is that the Nephilim were the offspring of sexual relationships between the “sons of God” or fallen angels and the human women.
Therefore when fallen angels or demons mated with human females, what resulted through such a sexual union was the offspring or hybrids called the Nephilim.

So what did the Nephilim look like? The Nephilim have been described as being a race of giants and hybrids. Therefore they had a mixture of human and demonic DNA.
According to sources such as the Book of Enoch and the Bible, the Nephilim had great size, great influence, great power and they were extremely wicked and evil.
They were also treated as “gods” because of their stature and power.

Genesis 6:1-7 when read in context gives us the picture that one of the main reasons why God may have decided to destroy the earth through the great flood was because of the existence of the Nephilim.

It’s believed that one of the reasons why the demons mated with humans to produce the Nephilim was so that they could pollute the human bloodline and prevent the future coming of the Messiah who is Jesus Christ.
Therefore the more the population of the Nephilim increased and mated with humans – the more polluted the human DNA and bloodline would become.
Furthermore the existence of the Nephilim accelerated the wickedness in the earth to the point that God decides to destroy the earth by a great flood. Genesis 6:5 says that God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and such that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was continuously evil.
Therefore the influence of the Nephilim both physically and spiritually polluted and affected mankind to the point that it reached irredeemable proportions. God’s solution was to flood the earth

In context, Genesis 6:4-7 says The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of man and they bore children to them. These were the mighty men who were of old, the men of renown. 5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”

In conclusion, the flood was not only the result of wickedness of mankind but it was also the result of the existence and great influence of the Nephilim.